Gran Premio d'Italia

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Gran Premio d'Italia
Listed race
Location San Siro Racecourse
Milan, Italy
Inaugurated 1921
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website San Siro
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
exc. G1 winners this year
Weight 56½ kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
3½ kg for G1 / G2 winners *
2½ kg if G1 / G2 placed *
2½ kg for G3 winners *
2½ kg if two Listed wins *
1½ kg if G3 placed *
1½ kg if one Listed win *
* within last year
Purse €55,000 (2012)
1st: €21,250

The Gran Premio d'Italia is a Listed flat horse race in Italy open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Milan over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1921, and it was initially contested over 1,800 metres. It was run over 2,000 metres in 1926 and 1927, and extended to 2,400 metres in 1928.

The present system of race grading was introduced in the early 1970s, and for a period the Gran Premio d'Italia was classed at Group 1 level. During the late 1980s and early 1990s it took place in September.

The race was downgraded in 1996, and cut to 2,000 metres in 1997. From this point it held Listed status and was staged in June or July.

The Gran Premio d'Italia was run over 2,200 metres in 2009. It was increased to 2,400 metres in 2010.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1984 (3 wins):

  • Fernando Jovine – Jaunty Jack (1997), Clapham Common (1998), Endless Hall (1999)
  • Mirco Demuro – Sopran Glaumix (2001), Primary (2006), Rastignano (2008)

Leading trainer since 1984 (5 wins):

  • Stefano Botti – Apprimus (2009), Kidnapping (2010), Bacchelli (2011), Wild Wolf (2012), Bertinoro (2014)

Leading owner since 1984 (2 wins):

  • Athos Christodoulou – St Hilarion (1985), Posidonas (1995)
  • Scuderia Effevi – Kidnapping (2010), Wild Wolf (2012)

Winners since 1984[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1984 Welnor A. Marcialis Gaetano Benetti Scuderia Concarena 2:38.70
1985 St Hilarion Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Athos Christodoulou 2:27.90
1986 El Cuite Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:39.40
1987 Ibn Bey Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 2:25.60
1988 Welsh Guide Vittorio Panici Michael Jarvis L. Monaldi 2:31.20
1989 Yellow King Gianfranco Dettori Alduino Botti Scuderia Siba 2:29.80
1990 Dashing Blade Brian Rouse Ian Balding Jeff Smith 2:29.20
1991 Pigeon Voyageur Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Paul de Moussac 2:30.00
1992 Masad Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Gabriella Zanocchio 2:30.00
1993 Right Win John Reid Richard Hannon, Sr. Conal Kavanagh 2:28.70
1994 Close Conflict John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 2:36.60
1995 Posidonas Richard Hughes Paul Cole Athos Christodoulou 2:33.00
1996 Toto le Moko Marco Monteriso Alberto Verdesi Gerecon Italia 2:38.30
1997 Jaunty Jack Fernando Jovine Luca Cumani M. Marchetti 2:11.20
1998 Clapham Common Fernando Jovine Luca Cumani Anglia Bloodstock 1996 2:04.00
1999 Endless Hall Fernando Jovine Gianfranco Verricelli Scuderia Blueberry 2:01.50
2000 Shibuni's Falcon Marco Monteriso Maurizio Guarnieri Scuderia Athena 2:02.80
2001 Sopran Glaumix Mirco Demuro Bruno Grizzetti Scuderia Belforte 2:07.10
2002 Fisich Dario Vargiu Alduino Botti Scuderia Rencati 2:04.10
2003 Winning Dash Edmondo Botti Wilfried Kujath Stall Zorbas 2:05.30
2004 Electrocutionist Edmondo Botti Valfredo Valiani Earle Mack 2:02.80
2005 Tedo Silvano Mulas Bruno Grizzetti Scuderia Il Poggio 2:02.30
2006 Primary Mirco Demuro William Haggas Highclere XXVI 2:00.30
2007 Estejo Daniele Porcu Ralf Rohne Giovanne Martone 2:05.20
2008 Rastignano Mirco Demuro Vincenzo Caruso Scuderia Miragrigna 2:09.20
2009 Apprimus Silvano Mulas Stefano Botti Carla Donnini 2:16.90
2010 Kidnapping Fabio Branca Stefano Botti Scuderia Effevi 2:30.80
2011 Bacchelli Umberto Rispoli Stefano Botti Scuderia Nordovest 2:27.70
2012 Wild Wolf Fabio Branca Stefano Botti Scuderia Effevi 2:28.10
2013 Demeteor Luca Maniezzi Riccardo Menichetti Razza Del'Olmo 2:30.20
2014 Bertinoro Dario Vargiu Stefano Botti Dioscuri Srl 2:32.80

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1921: Michelangelo
  • 1922: Fiorello
  • 1923: Duccia di Buoninsegna
  • 1924: Giambologna
  • 1925: Lui
  • 1926: Cranach
  • 1927: Varedo
  • 1928: Delleana
  • 1929: Ortello
  • 1930: Sciacca
  • 1931: Salpiglossis
  • 1932: Velite
  • 1933: Pilade
  • 1934: Navarro
  • 1935: Jacopo da Pontormo
  • 1936: Archidamia / Ettore Tito *
  • 1937: Donatello II
  • 1938: Nearco
  • 1939: Maenio
  • 1940: Moroni
  • 1941: Niccolo dell'Arca
  • 1942: Scire
  • 1943: Orsenigo
  • 1944: Torbido
  • 1945: Traghetto
  • 1946: Gladiolo
  • 1947: Tenerani
  • 1948: Trevisana
  • 1949: Golfo
  • 1950: Fiorillo
  • 1951: Nuccio
  • 1952: Iroquois
  • 1953: Toulouse Lautrec
  • 1954: Botticelli
  • 1955: Theodorica
  • 1956: Tissot
  • 1957: Braque
  • 1958: Sedan
  • 1959: Exar
  • 1960: Marguerite Vernaut
  • 1961: Nuria
  • 1962: Antelami
  • 1963: Osmarin
  • 1964: Maxim
  • 1965: Accrale
  • 1966: Serov
  • 1967: Ruysdael
  • 1968: Teston
  • 1969: Bonconte di Montefeltro
  • 1970: Ortis
  • 1971: Weimar
  • 1972: Tierceron
  • 1973: Prince Ippi
  • 1974: Ribecourt
  • 1975: Laomedonte
  • 1976: Art Style / Red Arrow *
  • 1977: Wale
  • 1978: Sortingo
  • 1979: Maria Waleska
  • 1980: Pareo
  • 1981: Kirtling
  • 1982: Oui Mon Capitaine
  • 1983: Celio Rufo

* The 1936 and 1976 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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